Tendulkar Jnr makes instant impression

Arjun Tendulkar, son of legendary batsman Sachin, impresses in first match for India's Under-19s

Cricket Network

18 July 2018, 03:41 PM

The son of cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar wasted little time making an impact in his first international match, taking a wicket in just his second over for India's Under-19s.

Playing a youth Test against Sri Lanka's Under-19s, Tendulkar opened the bowling and took the first wicket to fall, trapping opener Kamil Mishara in front for 9.

While his father was a diminutive right-handed batsman and leg-spinner, Arjun is a tall left-arm fast bowler and damaging left-handed batter in the lower order.

He finished day one of the match in Colombo with figures of 1-33 from 11 overs, including two maidens, as Sri Lanka U19s were bowled out for 244.

Arjun's early wicket was instantly shared around the world on social media, with Sachin's former teammate and close friend Vinod Kambli tweeting that "tears of joy" rolled down his face when he saw the vision.

Aged 18, Arjun is already two years older than his famous father was when he made his senior international debut at the age of 16 in 1989.

The younger Tendulkar made headlines in Australia in January when he played matches at Bradman Oval in Bowral as well as the SCG as part of a tournament run by the SCG Trust.

The young left-arm quick also played a surprise role in the build-up to England's Test series against South Africa last year; as a net bowler at Lord's, Tendulkar struck England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on the foot with a yorker that saw the right-hander hobble out of the nets for treatment.

Arjun Tendulkar bowling in Colombo // Getty
Arjun Tendulkar bowling in Colombo // Getty

Speaking to the Economic Times two years ago, father Sachin acknowledged his son's last name had made it difficult for him as he attempted to forge a career in cricket.

"I am not interfering in his career because I think it is not fair," he said.

"He has to have freedom to express himself. I can guide him. Not on a regular basis, but when I feel that he needs to be told something, then I do. I don’t take his class every evening when he comes back home. 

Arjun, Sachin and Sara Tendulkar celebrate India's World Cup win // Getty
Arjun, Sachin and Sara Tendulkar celebrate India's World Cup win in 2011 // Getty

"I do not want to lecture, but let him enjoy the game and fall in love with cricket, which he is. I have told him things about hard work like any father would.

"Unfortunately, he has the excess baggage of his surname and I know that is going to be there. It is not easy for him. For me, it was different as my father was a writer and nobody questioned me on cricket. 

"I feel that my son should not be compared to me and should be judged for who he is."